US Invasion of the Dominican Republic 1916

The US military declared martial law for the Dominican Republic on November 29, 1916, during the US invasion and occupation of the island. (Yes, really.) The undocumented and uninvited US Marines landed to “protect American interests”, which meant the island’s proximity to the Panama Canal. (The Panama Canal opened in 1914 with substantial financial investment from the US, along with a few invasions and support for revolutions, a bit of “election interference”.) The Marine forces continued to occupy the sovereign nation until 1924.  In the official history of the event, no mention is made as to whether the US Marines ever obtained proper documents or visas from the Dominican immigration authorities.

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